Definition of pulmonate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəlməˌnāt/ /ˈpo͝olməˌnāt/


A mollusk of the group Pulmonata, which includes the land snails and slugs and many freshwater snails.
Example sentences
  • Pulmonates are dioecious and hermaphroditic as are prosobranchs, but pulmonates develop directly (there is no larval form).
  • There are now hundreds of thousands of species of insects and green plants, and tens of thousands of mites, spiders, and pulmonate land snails (those endowed with lungs).
  • In addition, the pulmonate snail, the marsh clam, and several polychaete worms were abundant.


Relating to or denoting pulmonates.
Example sentences
  • In pulmonate land snails, variation in gene organization is found at the level of the superfamily (Yamazaki et al. 1997).
  • Being a pulmonate gastropod means that it has no gills.
  • Pupa mtDNA shows many unique features that are shared with pulmonate land snails.
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